Huddlegeeks Fantasy Take: Week 2

The fantasy football gurus offer up their thoughts on who to play this weekend...

Here's the latest from our friends at Huddlegeeks.com, a fantasy football site with heavy involvement from Browns fans. Despite some orange-and-brown coloring to their hearts, they provide fantasy advice with those feelings set aside...

Well, one week of fantasy football action is in the books for the 2006 season and fantasy owners are doing either one of two things: Boasting about how their supreme draft strategy has paid off or scrambling to find new players that will save them from another loss.  We suggest you don't react too positively or negatively, depending on what your results were in week one.  The fantasy owner that takes the steady, sensible approach to managing their team is usually the one that you find in the playoffs each and every season.

We also had some surprising performances in week one that may have many fantasy owners searching the waiver wire to improve their teams.  The passing clinic that Jet quarterback Chad Pennington put on in Tennessee was an unexpected treat that had to make fantasy owners sit up and take notice.  Is this former fantasy stud back on top of his game?  Or is this just the case of the Jets facing a poor pass defense in the Titans?  Only time will tell. Before last week, not many people had heard of Marques Colston, but after his week one performance against the Browns, many fantasy owners may be looking to pick up this dynamic rookie wide receiver to add depth to their wider receivers.

Here are a few players that you might want to take a look at plugging into your starting lineup this week to either turn around your luck or keep your success going! They may not be the top names in fantasy football, but most are the ‘in between' guys that you might have to make a tough decision on.  The good fantasy owner is able to pick these players out from a crowd and stick them in their lineup for fantasy success!

QB - Drew Bledsoe Bledsoe had a rough week one in which he threw three interceptions against a tough Jacksonville defense.  We are expecting Bledsoe and the Cowboys to bounce back this week against their rival, the Washington Redskins.  The Redskins secondary will be missing both Shawn Springs and Pierson Prioleau from their secondary a week after being repeatedly torched deep by Brad Johnson and the Vikings.  Look for Bledsoe to reaffirm his hold on the starting QB job in Dallas.

RB - Jamal Lewis We liked Jamal Lewis heading into this season and he proved why last week against a tough Tampa Bay defense.  Look for Lewis to continue is success against a Raiders team that gave up nearly 200 yards and 2 TDs on the ground to the Chargers last week.  Expect the Ravens to force a few turnovers and leave their offense and Lewis in prime position for some red-zone scoring opportunities.

RB - Steven Jackson We had Jackson ranked as a top five fantasy back coming into this season and he showed why last week, while rushing for over 120 yards against a tough Broncos defense.  Jackson should be licking his chops this week as the Rams will face the Niners young defense.  Look for the Rams to give the Niners a steady dose of Jackson all day long, leading to a big game, by the big back.

WR - Chris Chambers Chambers had a quiet game last week vs. the Steelers, but we expect him to make a statement this week vs. the Bills.  In two games against the Bills last season, Chambers totaled 19 receptions for 298 yards and 1 TD.  We expect Chambers to continue that success this season with Daunte Culpepper as his quarterback, so you better make sure you have him in your lineup!

WR - Joe Horn We expected Joe Horn to have a big game last week vs. the Browns, but Marques Colston wound up stealing the show.  Don't expect Horn to have two poor outings in a row.  Look for quarterback Drew Brees to establish some chemistry with the veteran wideout against a Green Bay secondary that gives up 100 yard receiving games about as often as the sun comes up on Sundays.  If the Packers can make Rex Grossman look like a star, we think Brees and Horn should do just fine.

TE - Dallas Clark Clark didn't have a ton of catches last week, but did find the end zone once against the Giants.  Look for Clark to get more action if Brandon Stokley suits up this week like we expect him to.  Stokley's return to the lineup means less coverage shifted Clark's way.  He should be a favorite target of Peyton Manning's this week as they face the struggling pass defense of the Texans.

DEF - Bengals – The Bengals will be facing the Browns in their home opener.  The Browns looked totally confused on offense last week at home vs. the Saints.  It's frightening to think what the Bengals defense will do to Charlie Frye after seeing Trent Green being carted off of the field last week.  Expect the Bengals to shut down the Browns, non-existent running game, and then pin their ears back and come after the Browns young signal caller.  The Bengals totaled seven sacks last week vs. the Chiefs, so it could be a very long day for Browns fans and Charlie Frye.


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